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Aminata Cairo

"Midwestern Drum Line Trajectory Project"


The River City Drum Corp Cultural Arts Institute Corp, Inst. (RCDC) organized the Da'Ville Classic in 2006 in Louisville, Ky., a drum venue organized to bring regional drum line groups and Kentucky State University's Marching Band percussion section together.

The Da'Ville Classic event provided a drumming and college fair. Since 2006 and as a result of the Da'Ville Classic series, nine young people from Louisville have entered Kentucky State University to pursue their education on scholarship. The RCDC is now in the process of expanding and institutionalizing this program through involving more cities, organizations and HBCU marching bands.

Cairo has been asked to document this process and to produce materials that will benefit the community in the long run for public relations, educational purposes and historical/cultural value. Specifically they have asked for research on the cultural and historical significance of this work, the educational significance for the community, and information on the process of institution building.